Medicine Supply Notification: Lamotrigine 5mg dispersible tablets

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Lamotrigine 5mg dispersible tablets.

MSN/2023/017

Tier 2 – medium impact

Date of issue 15th February 2023

  • Lamotrigine 5mg dispersible tablets are out of stock until late March 2023
  • Branded lamotrigine (Lamictal®) 2mg and 5mg dispersible remain available but are unable to support the increase in demand.
  • A number of Specials manufacturers are able to produce unlicensed lamotrigine 25mg/5ml oral suspension (including sugar-free formulations).
  • Where the above options are not suitable, unlicensed supplies of lamotrigine (Lamictal®) 5mg dispersible tablets may be sourced, lead times vary.

The following Specials manufacturers have currently confirmed they can manufacturer lamotrigine 25mg/5ml oral suspension (please note, there may be other companies that can also manufacture):

The following specialist importers have confirmed they can source unlicensed lamotrigine 5mg dispersible/chewable tablets (please note there may be other companies that can also source supplies):

If there is currently no listing on dm+d for the imported product for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems an EPS prescription for unlicensed lamotrigine 25mg/5ml oral suspension or unlicensed lamotrigine 5mg dispersible/chewable tablets cannot be issued. Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe a specially manufactured product, an FP10 paper prescription should be issued as ‘lamotrigine 25mg/5ml oral suspension or lamotrigine 5mg dispersible/chewable tablets (Special Order)‘ and endorsed by the pharmacy as a non-Part VIIIB special with the following information:

  • Amount dispensed over pack size used;
  • Invoice price per pack size from which the order was supplied less any discount or rebate;
  • Manufacturers’/importers’ MHRA licence number;
  • Batch number of the product supplied;
  • SP

A copy of this medicine supply notification, including further information, has been sent to all pharmacy NHS email addresses.

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